Since moving to Los Angeles, Naomi Rose Pfyl has been stirring in Hollywood. The famed Swiss actor has been working on her craft on stage and screen. She is a versatile actor who has been through the proper education in the media and entertainment field and has mastered her art by being a part of a prestigious international acting school.
Disrupt caught up with Hollywood’s latest leading lady to find out what helps her stay focused and gives us some wise words on what it takes to be a successful actor in Tinsel Town.
Days Gone By
Gone are the days when an actor can sit by the phone in hopes it rings. That will never happen. I have never had anyone call me without me doing the work beforehand. This is an industry you have to be proactive in, and if you are not, the next person to you is.
There is so much, as an actor, we can do without relying on our manager or agent. Firstly, we need to find suitable representation, which is in your own hands to do. Sometimes, you need to figure out where to start, especially when new to a city. However, there is always a platform to begin with, like Backstage, Casting Networks, and Casting Frontier. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. This industry is full of people who receive the most immense pleasure from helping others. I don’t know any other industry with so many kind and open people.
No Role Is Too Small
Just because you aren’t booking a lead role doesn’t mean you won’t be noticed and hired for the next big thing. Even working as a background actor has amazing merits. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet people in the industry, and for working background on a movie or TV set, you really don’t need specific acting experience, so if you are starting out, give it a try. I definitely suggest it, first of all, if you are just starting out, you will learn what goes on behind the scenes. How much work goes in, and how many people are involved in creating a film or a TV series. With all my experience working on set, I am still in awe of how many jobs there are that need to be done. You also realize what is your own responsibility on set and if you are cut out to be the lead. There are so many people behind you rooting for you, but also expect that you fulfill your duties and actually that you lead. I always keep in my mind the interview with Viola Davis speaking about Meryl Streep and how Streep conducts herself on set. And that’s why I enjoy rolling my sleeves up and working background, between filming. It grounds me. No role is too small if you are growing.
The Power of Learning From Your Peers
I love to dig into researching online. There are so many videos on YouTube that I have watched that have helped me grow, from interviews with actors, where I am learning from them to actors describing their daily life in Los Angeles and how they approach an audition. My biggest tip is to watch YouTube, you can find so much knowledge by watching and absorbing the information others have successfully tackled before.
Create To Dominate
It is very important for an actor to create their own opportunities. You have to create to dominate. There will always be someone more proactive than you. Be the person who people aspire to be and say damn, she works hard. If you want to succeed in the entertainment industry, you have to have a strong spirit. Reach out to people, talk with people, and specifically find your people. Create an artistic community around you with people you want to work with. We are all in the same boat, and so many times, people have similar ideas and want to do something; they just need you to lead the project.
Very wise words. To find out more about Naomi Rose Pfyl, you can follow her on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook or IMDb